CHICAGO (CBS) — A TSA employee who jumped in front of a CTA Blue Line train last month to save a woman who’d fallen on the tracks was being honored by the Department of Homeland Security.
WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports 50-year-old Eddie Palacios has received the Secretary’s Award of Valor for his actions on April 2, when he waved down a Blue Line train at the Chicago and Milwaukee subway station as it bore down on a woman who fell on the tracks.
The award is given to Homeland Security employees who have been selfless and courageous in a highly dangerous situation. That aptly describes what Palacios did, even if he downplayed his actions.
“I’m kind of embarrassed, because it really wasn’t anything in that sense,” he said. “I just thank God that nothing happened to her, and nothing happened to me.”